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  1. 1. Geolocator 4 Learning enhancing the community in the virtual learning environment of the UOC Eva Patrícia Gil Jose Cano Eines per a la Comunitat
  2. 2. Interactive Map of Students and Alumni. Innovation Project. Office of Learning Technologies · 0 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA
  3. 3. Justification (I) Office of Learning Technologies · 1 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA Currently, we can find a lot of geolocating applications for web and mobile, including those of social networks. However, we haven’t found any geolocator applied to virtual learning environments.
  4. 4. Justification (II) Office of Learning Technologies · 2 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA The virtual campus of the UOC needs a tool to promote search and collaboration between different members of the UOC community To promote a sense of belonging Current tools don’t resolve the geographic search of users
  5. 5. Context: Strategic Plan to foster Participation Office of Learning Technologies · 3 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA What’s up? Chat Friends Geolocator My profile 2.0 Files area Blogs & wikis Bookmarks
  6. 6. Enhancing Community at the Virtual Campus Office of Learning Technologies · 4 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA My UOC My profile 2.0
  7. 7. My profile 2.0 Office of Learning Technologies · 5 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA
  8. 8. Office of Learning Technologies · 6 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA Files Area & Social Bookmarks
  9. 9. Friends, Chat, Microblog for the Community and… the Geolocator Office of Learning Technologies · 7 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA What’s up? Chat Friends Geolocator My profile 2.0 Files area Blogs & wikis Bookmarks
  10. 10. <ul><li>Geolocator: a brief story of the project </li></ul><ul><li>First ideas: PIxG (Innovation Project) </li></ul><ul><li>Development: not very good because the supplier… </li></ul><ul><li>doesn’t take into account accessibility standards </li></ul><ul><li>doesn’t follow recommendations of design </li></ul><ul><li>doesn’t integrate some functionalities within the virtual campus </li></ul><ul><li>We adapted the look & feel, implemented correctly the css and solved mistakes of development! </li></ul>Office of Learning Technologies · 8 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA
  11. 11. <ul><li>User tests </li></ul><ul><li>6 alumni & 5 students </li></ul><ul><li>improving usability </li></ul><ul><li>helping decision making </li></ul><ul><li>the tool is useful in order to: </li></ul><ul><li>enhance meetings between them </li></ul><ul><li>to know the presence of the UOC at the territory </li></ul>Office of Learning Technologies · 9 UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA
  12. 12. learningtechnologies community initiatives: More information: [email_address] [email_address] @evapatriciagil